Barclays Creates New Customer Care Center in Wilton, Maine

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WILTON, Maine, April 3, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Barclays will open a new customer care facility in Wilton, Maine to support its growing credit card operations. The opening of the new facility, which will be fully operational June 15, 2008, will initially create 50 full-time jobs with projected employment of 200 people in Maine over a ten year period.

Employees of the state-of-the-art customer care center, located at 128 Weld Road, will provide customer support for cardmembers who participate in the 60 co-branded credit card partnership programs offered by Barclays in the U.S. Barclays also operates a customer care center in Wilmington, Del.

Jen McEntee, who has 15 years of customer care experience, has been named Director, Wilton Care Center.

"In Wilton, Barclays will be able to attract employees from a skilled work force with experience in different service industries," said Joe Purzycki, Chief Operating Officer, Barclaycard US. "We're proud to be the newest member of the Wilton business community and look forward to building deep roots and strong ties throughout the region."

"We're pleased to welcome Barclays to Wilton," said Governor John Baldacci. "The addition of a solid, reputable and dynamic company such as Barclays will increase employment opportunities for residents of Franklin County and the surrounding area. We look forward to watching the company grow in Wilton."

Barclays is currently looking to fill various customer service positions at the Wilton facility. For more information on available positions and employment opportunities, please visit http://www.JoinBarclays.com.

About Barclays PLC

Barclays PLC is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail and commercial banking, credit cards, investment banking, wealth management and investment management services. It is one of the largest financial services companies in the world by market capitalization. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 135,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for over 27 million customers and clients worldwide. For further information about Barclays, please visit our website http://www.barclays.com.

Headquartered in Wilmington, Del., Barclaycard US has more than 60 partnerships with some of the country's most successful travel, entertainment, retail and financial institutions including US Airways, Lufthansa, Barnes & Noble, Best Western, BJ's Wholesale Club, Travelocity and Carnival Cruise Lines. The company employs more than 1,200 associates and was named a Top Employer in Delaware in 2007. For more information please visit http://www.barclaycardus.com.

SOURCE Barclays PLC

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